a working definition, 8.2021
[modeled after the working definition of ableism by TL Lewis, Dustin Gibson, & others]
a system that places value on people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of communication, engagement, relation, embodiment, production, and processing.
These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in ableism, sanism, oralism, anti-Black racism, White Supremacy, cisheterosexism, eugenics, classism, colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism.
This form of systemic oppression leads to people and society determining who is valuable and worthy based on a person’s ability to operate linearly and engage, relate, and learn in socially acceptable ways; and/or their ability to satisfactorily [re]produce, excel and "behave."